'Girls,' 'Pitch Perfect,' Universal Honored at Guild of Music Supervisors Gala

Eric Burdon, left, has recorded a version of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" with Jenny Lewis for "True Blood," the show Gary Calamar, right, music supervises

Eric Burdon, left, has recorded a version of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" with Jenny Lewis for "True Blood," the show Gary Calamar, right, music supervises

The music departments of NBC Universal and Universal Pictures were honored Wednesday night at the third annual Guild of Music Supervisors where leading supervisors Frankie Pine, Thomas Golubic, Manish Raval and Tom Wolfe received awards for their work in 2012.

Moved to Oscar Week from Grammy Week, the Guild handed out a dozen awards to music supervisors working in film, television, video games and, for the first time, advertising. Nike's JT Griffith won the inaugural advertising award, noting it was a "validation" of his efforts "to do the process with integrity, to do right by the bands."

Guild president Maureen Crowe, who spent a fair amount of the ceremony hushing the crowd packed into the London Hotel's roof-top space, spread the love this year by having past honorees, board members and musicians such as Eric Burdon, Macy Gray and Goapele hand out the trophies. Music supervisors Alexandra Patsavas, PJ Bloom, Jonathan McHugh, Liza Richardson and Gary Calamar were among the presenters.

Most of the honorees spoke about the collaborative nature of their work and doing the most they can on limited budgets. Mary Ramos, honored for her work on Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" said "I have to share this with my genius director and his never never-ending cache of rare vinyl." Golubic tipped his cap to "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan: "We're lucky when we work with people who make us do our best work."


Universal Pictures president of music and publishing Mike Knobloch celebrates his award with Guild of Music Supervisors president Maureen Crowe

Universal Pictures film music and publishing president Mike Knobloch turned the tables and saluted the scores of music supervisors gathered.

"Music supervisors are the most talented people in this business," Knobloch said in accepting the award for best studio music department at a film studio. "When I showed up 20 years ago, I saw composers and music supervisors and music editors working and I decided that's what I want to get into. It's the most magical part of movie making."

Crowe said the move to the middle of February is designed to send a message to the Motion Picture Academy to "seriously consider reviewing the use of existing music in a film" and honoring music supervisors with an Oscar. The topic will undoubtedly be part of a music supervisors conference being planned for the fall.

Songwriter and director Dean Pitchford said it was time the GMS came up with a nickname for the award and suggested the "Soupy," though he did not provide any direction in how that might be spelled. The jury is still out on whether that will stick.

The award winners:

Television
Scripted musicals and comedies - Manish Raval and Tom Wolfe, "Girls"
Scripted drama - Thomas Golubic, "Breaking Bad"
Reality and live - Robin Kaye, "American Idol"
Longform - Evyen Klean and Deva Anderson, "Game Change"
Studio music department - NBC Universal

Film
Independent, $25 million to $10 million budget - Julia Michels and Julianne Jordan, "Pitch Perfect"
Independent, less than $10 million budget - Frankie Pine, "Magic Mike"
Over $25 million budget - Mary Ramos, "Django Unchained"
Studio music department - Universal Pictures

Trailers - Angel Mendoza, "Argo"

Video Games - Alex Hackford, "Sound Shapes"

Advertising - JT Griffith, Nike